The tag (x7) is quite ambiguously used:

  1. scanning pages (like with a flatbed-scanner) x4
  2. WiFi/network scanner x1
  3. malware/vulnerability scanner x1
  4. "content scanner" (scanning a webpage for hyperlinks) x1

The weighting already makes clear that #1 should be what the tag is for. So I would go for the following:

  1. retag #2 to
  2. retag #3 to
  3. retag #4 to (?)
  4. create a tag wiki for the then cleaned-up tag to make its intention clear (though to my experience only few people even read the excerpt, we could very decently bang their heads against that wall then :)

Any comments/arguments on this?


I did the following:

  • Replaced instances of that were related to document scanning with a less ambiguous tag; created a wiki for this new tag.
  • Removed from 2, 3, and 4 that you noted. Retagged 4 with
  • Added a wiki for to help make clear the distinction between it and
  • Left to die off. Arguably we could make it a synonym of the most popular, but the more descriptive tags will appear in the autocomplete for the text "scanner" at this point, so I think it's best to just leave the ambiguous tag alone and see if it comes back.
  • Thanks, eldarerathis -- but by creating the hyperlinks tag, you introduced a new issue: we already have an url tag, as I pointed out in my question. Shall I open a new Q here, or do you merge/synonymize the two as part of this? – Izzy Mar 18 '13 at 16:00
  • @Izzy: I don't know. A URL isn't necessarily a hyperlink in all contexts. At a quick glance, I'd be inclined to say that none of the questions in the url tag currently would refer to hyperlinks (and FWIW, I didn't create hyperlinks, it already existed). – eldarerathis Mar 18 '13 at 16:12
  • OK, could be my argument: while a hyperlink may count as URL, a URL not necessarily is a hyperlink :) – Izzy Mar 18 '13 at 16:35

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